Before/Afterschool Activity

Initiative Description: The before-school program in both schools involved an unstructured running/walking club that took place twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on each school’s oval/field and was supervised by each school’s physical education teacher. Students were instructed that they could either walk or run for the duration of the program. On program days in both schools, students went straight to their classrooms at the end of the program to complete their morning work.

Study Results: On-task behavior was significantly higher on days the children attended the before-school program than on days they did not.

Reference: Stylianou, M., Kulinna, P. H., van der Mars, H., Mahar, M. T., Adams, M. A., & Amazeen, E. (2016). Before-school running/walking club: Effects on student on-task behavior. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 196-202.

Level of Evidence: 4 out of 5 stars Excellent